Relic's Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II has broken Blizzard's stranglehold on the US PC sales charts in its first week, knocking Wrath of the Lich King from its Frozen Throne.
It seems like the World of Warcraft juggernaut has finally met a match - if perhaps only a temporary one. Since its release in November, the game's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, has ruled the sales charts in the US with an iron-gloved fist. Anyone who didn't see this coming, given that Lich King's predecessors were also chart-toppers, might have needed to work on their pattern recognition.
Its time has come, though - after all, if there's anyone who knows how to kill (space) Orcs and (space) Elves, it's the Space Marines of Warhammer 40,000's Imperium. GI.biz reports that Relic's RTS has stolen the top spot from Blizzard for the moment.
We'd crunch some numbers, but unfortunately, there don't seem to be any numbers to crunch. All that we know is that DoW2 took first, Lich King second, then a double helping of The Sims 2, Spore, and two more entries for World of Warcraft and its Battlechest. Heartening news for Relic, considering that DoW2 did what F.E.A.R. 2 failed to do last month.
The question is ... is this just a spike, with a hot new game moving quickly off shelves? Or will Dawn of War II have a longer presence on the list?